Yesterday morning, Bruce and I went for a bike ride. This was my first real ride on my new Trek 1500 road bike, so I was a bit anxious. Frankly, I wasn't sure I'd like it, never really having done much road biking, plus I had a host of other anxieties including dealing with the pedal clips, doing an aerobic activity for 90 minutes (longer than I've done in recent history), and staying warm on a bike on a cold day. Plus, I didn't want to look like a newbie boob. I had lots of new cycling clothes including tights (eek!), a headband (to keep my ears warm), and a bright yellow jacket.
Fortunately, my fears were foundless. I really enjoyed the twenty mile ride on the Sammamish River Trail. We kept a pretty good pace (averaging 14 miles per hour including a stop for a few minutes to fix my cleats after a screw fell out), I managed to handle the pedals OK, and I was very comfortable temperature wise (with the exception of my feet which were very cold. I need some booties for cold weather riding). Bruce assures me I passed the fashion test and the newbie boob test as well. He's typically one to call a spade a spade, so I'll take him at his word.
I felt great immediately after the ride and today, the day after. I do need to make some saddle adjustments (move it forward a bit so I'm not sitting on my perineum so much) and get the booties I mentioned. Some sunglasses might help too. That said, I'm excited to go for my next ride.